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  1. Food Contact Materials: Working together for safety and innovation in Europe

    30 Sep 2015 The Ministry of Health in Luxembourg is organising a Food Contact Materials conference on the 30 th September in Luxembourg-City as part of its Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The conference is bringing together different repr ...

    06 August 2015

  2. Food contact materials

    What are food contact materials? Food contact materials comprise all materials and articles that come or are intended to come in contact with food, e.g. food packaging materials, kitchen utensils, tableware and food processing equipment. They can be made ...

    29 June 2016

  3. Consumer products

    Consumers are in daily contact with a variety of products such as cosmetics, kitchenware or textiles. The safety of these is of primary concern for producers and legislators. The European Commission aims at the highest possible level of consumer protectio ...

    29 July 2016

  4. Identification of endocrine disrupting chemical- screening methodology supporting impact assessment published

    06 Jul 2016 The purpose of the JRC's methodology was to provide a basis for the screening of the available evidence on chemicals in relation to their potential to act as endocrine disruptors. It was specifically developed to support the European Comm ...

    06 July 2016

  5. Analysis of material efficiency aspects of Energy related Product for the development of EU Ecolabel criteria. Analysis of product groups: personal computers and electronic displays

    The objective of this report is to provide scientific support to the analysis of potential material-efficiency criteria that can help reduce the potential environmental impacts and improve the reuse and recycling of portable computers and electronic displ ...

    23 July 2016

  6. Energy Feedback Systems: Evaluation of Meta-studies on energy savings through feedback

    The Energy Efficiency Directive, in its Articles 9 to 11 focuses on the availability of accurate, up to date information to be provided to final energy consumers in a cost-effective way. The present study proposes a literature review on existing studies r ...

    21 July 2016

  7. Safety of tattoos and permanent make-up: Final report

    Quick guide Nowadays, tattoos are considered body art and are largely spread. They are applied by injecting coloured inks into the dermis and are meant to stay life long, thus resulting in long term exposure to the chemicals injected including their degra ...

    23 July 2016

  8. Nanomaterials for application in agriculture, feed and food

    Background: Nanotechnology applications can be found in agricultural production, animal feed, food processing, food additives and food contact materials (hereinafter referred to as agri/feed/food). A great diversity of nanomaterials is reported to be curr ...

    22 July 2016

  9. Analysis of carcinogenicity testing for regulatory purposes in the European Union

    The approaches for evaluating the carcinogenic potential of substances, including whether carcinogenicity studies should be conducted, differ substantially across sectors. Despite variations in testing schemes, the two-year bioassay study in rodents repre ...

    30 June 2016

  10. NanoBiotechnology laboratory

    The JRC has up-to-date equipped laboratories to investigate nanomaterials safety as well as the detection, identification and characterisation of nanomaterials in food and consumer products. Its work focuses on a science-based understanding of nanomateria ...

    17 June 2016

  11. Screening methodology to identify potential endocrine disruptors according to different options in the context of an impact assessment

    Several pieces of EU legislation regulate the marketing and use of chemical substances. While several regulations, including the regulations on Plant Protection Products (PPPR), Biocidal Products (BPR) and Chemicals (REACH), include provisions for endocri ...

    17 June 2016

  12. Behavioural Insights Applied to Policy- Country Overviews 2016

    This document provides for each EU and EFTA country a fact sheet containing examples of policy initiatives either explicitly or implicitly informed by behavioural insights as well as the institutional developments regarding the application of behavioural ...

    23 July 2016

  13. JRC scientists combine the use of in vitro systems and post-genomics techniques to study the effects of nanomaterials

    17 Feb 2016 Researchers from JRC have recently developed a multi-omics approach for the assessment of potential human health risks of nanomaterials used e.g. in consumer products or for medical applications. The methodology was applied to study the effect ...

    17 February 2016

  14. Valuing externalities from energy infrastructures through stated preferences: a geographically stratified sampling approach

    The externalities produced by high-voltage transmission lines are multidimensional, may strongly depend on the local context, and are thus difficult to capture through standard environmental valuation exercises. We experiment a GIS approach to design a ge ...

    05 June 2016

  15. How to promote water intake in schools: a toolkit

    Schools are a key environment to teach children healthy hydration and form long-term positive beverage consumption behaviours. School-based interventions can reach large groups of children of all social classes, and messages learned may be taken home to i ...

    03 June 2016

  16. How to promote fruit and vegetable consumption in schools: a toolkit

    Schools are a key environment to teach children healthy eating, thus helping them to form long-term positive dietary behaviours. School-based interventions can reach large groups of children of all social classes, and messages learned may be taken home to ...

    03 June 2016

  17. Safety of tattoos and permanent make-up State of play and trends in tattoo practices

    The European Commission launched the 18-month project "Tattoos and Permanent Make-up" with the aim of collecting data about the use, the ingredients, the EU market and possible health problems associated to tattoo and permanent make-up (PMU) ink ...

    29 May 2016

  18. Urban food consumption and associated water resources: The example of Dutch cities

    Full self-sufficiency in cities is a major concern. Cities import resources for food, water and energy security. They are however key to global sustainability, as they concentrate a rapidly increasing and urbanising population (or number of consumers). In ...

    27 May 2016

  19. Innovative analytical techniques for improved antimicrobial agents

    10 Dec 2015 The emergence of antimicrobial resistance is a threat which is increasingly causing serious health problems to EU citizens and there is a pressing need to develop novel classes of antimicrobial agents. In the search for a solution to this prob ...

    10 December 2015

  20. Method for the detection of nano silicon dioxide in tomato soup

    01 Dec 2015 In a joint project with researchers from the University of Vienna (Austria) and the Technical University of Denmark, JRC scientists developed a suitable analytical approach for the detection of silicon dioxide (silica) nanoparticles in tomato ...

    01 December 2015

  21. CERTIFICATION REPORT The certification of different mass fractions of MON-Ø4Ø32-6 in soya bean seed powder Certified Reference Materials ERM®-BF410dn and ERM®-BF410gn

    This report describes the production of two Certified Reference Materials (CRMs), ERM BF410dn and ERM-BF410gn, which are certified for their GTS 40-3-2 soya bean event mass fractions. These materials were produced following ISO Guide 34:2009 [1] and are c ...

    04 May 2016

  22. Detecting silver nanoparticles in consumer products

    13 Nov 2015 Detecting the presence of nanoparticles in consumer products is an enduring challenge for analytical laboratories. Although many different techniques can potentially be used to measure the dimension of objects smaller than a 1/10000 of a milli ...

    13 November 2015

  23. Guidance for the identification of polymers in multilayer films used in food contact materials: User guide of selected practices to determine the nature of layers

    This guidance describes how to characterize the composition of a multilayer plastic film for food packaging, with respect to the consecutive order of the layers and their identity. It provides necessary background information on the general composition of ...

    15 April 2016

  24. Precision criteria of methods for the quantification of metals migrated from Food Contact Materials: Pre-validation data derived from ILCs on elements representative for plastics and ceramics

    Precision criteria for the quantification of metals in acetic acid 3% and acetic acid 4% migration solutions for different analytical techniques were calculated and are presented in this report. They were derived from two interlaboratory comparisons (ILC0 ...

    13 April 2016

  25. JRC scientists join the Researchers’ Night

    25 Sep 2015 Researchers’ Night, a popular science event, marks its first decade across the EU and neighbouring countries. On 25 and 26 September, JRC scientists talk about their work to young and old and why science matters in Milan, Turin, Varese and Sev ...

    25 September 2015